Detroit Red Wings center Cory Emmerton broke a finger last week while playing in his first game for SaiPa of Finland's SM-liiga.
Ansar Khan of Michigan Live reports that details of the injury are scarce, but there's a chance that Emmerton will need surgery. If that's the case, the 24-year-old forward could be sidelined the next two months. Emmerton tweeted this on Saturday:
1 period 1 shot 1 blocked shot 1 broken finger, great stats Cory— Cory Emmerton (@cemmer48) October 13, 2012
Emmerton was a star in Canada's OHL before the Red Wings drafted him with the 41st overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. After several more seasons in the OHL as well as a couple in the AHL, he finally got the call up to the Red Wings in the 2010-11 season. He played in two games and scored his first career goal Jan. 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Emmerton saw a bigger role last season, playing in 71 games. He notched six goals and four assists while posting a plus-1 rating. He also scored one goal in the postseason.